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Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP)

2007 - ongoing

Implementing agencies
EUEI-PDF (GIZ) (Secretariat)

African partners
Pan-African organisation, Government, Other public body, Private sector, Civil society

Names of African partners involved
COMESA; Ministry of Energy Egypt; African Union Commission; Conference of Energy Ministers of Africa (CEMA); African Development Bank (AfDB); New Partnership for Africa´s Development (NEPAD); African Energy Commission (AFREC); African Association for Rural Electrification (CLUB ER) and Regional Economic Communities (RECs)

Donor involvement (incl. IOs)
Multi-donor, Bilaterals involved

Names of donors involved (incl. IOs
EU; Governments of Italy, Germany

Geographical scope

Countries where active
Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Central African Republic, Chad Republic, Comoros, Congo, Libya, Dem. Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon Republic, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali Republic, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger Republic, Nigeria, Principe, Rwanda, Sao Tome, Senegal Republic, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia Republic, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Western Sahara, Mauritius, Western Sahara

Renewables, Non Renewables, Electricity, Heating and Cooling, Energy Efficiency, Cooking Energy

Sub Sectors (Electricity)
Electricity system, Grid connected generation, Mini-grids, Stand-alone off-grid

Type of intervention
High-level initiative (upstream)

Type of technical assistance
Dialogue and networking, Information and analysis, Policy support / institution building

Gender focus

Climate focus

Type of financing

Main objectives

The overall objective of the AEEP is improved access to reliable, secure, affordable, cost-effective, climate friendly and sustainable energy services for both continents, with a special focus on achieving SDG 7 in Africa.

AEEP Political Targets for 2020:

  • Energy access: Access to modern and sustainable energy services to at least an additional 100 million Africans
  • Energy security: Double the capacity of cross-border electricity interconnections; Double the use of natural gas; Double African gas exports to Europe.
  • Renewable energy: 10,000 MW of new hydropower facilities; 5,000 MW of wind power capacity; 500 MW of all forms of solar energy capacity; Tripling the capacity of other renewables
  • Energy efficiency: Increase energy efficiency in all sectors.

Main activities

The Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) is a long-term framework for structured political dialogue and cooperation between Africa and the EU on energy issues of strategic importance, respecting African and European needs. Through the Partnership, Africa and Europe work together to develop a shared vision and common policy answers, and to stimulate specific actions that address the energy challenges of the 21st century. 

The AEEP constitutes one of the initial eight partnerships under the Join Africa-EU Strategy (JAES), a long-term framework for cooperation between the two continents. The African Union Commission, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Secretariat, Egypt, The European Commission, Germany and Italy are the Steering Group members providing political guidance to the Secretariat of the AEEP. 


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